Ronald H. Carr Jr. is the proud parent of two Village School Alumni. As a Senior Partner at Creative Financial Strategies with over 37 years in the financial services industry, Ron specializes in employee and executive benefits as well as investment and insurance services. He holds several designations including; CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional (CFP®), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC®). He is a member of the distinguished Million Dollar Round Table, the New Jersey Chapter of the National Associate of Insurance and Financial Advisors, The Society of Financial Service Professionals, the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council, the Financial Planning Association, and the National Association of Health Underwriters.
Ron is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a B.S. degree in Economics. He is a former Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Valerie Fund, a charity dedicated to children with cancer and blood disorders and remains involved in many of their fund-raising events.
Dr. Emanuel (Manny) Haber is a Podiatrist and Director of The Foot & Ankle Centre of NJ in Paramus and is on staff at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Dr. Haber is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, with a B.A. in Biology, and earned his D.P.M. from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He did a Podiatric surgical residency at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. He has served on the Development Committee of The Village School and is an original member of the Directors Council, now known as the Board of Trustees. He is married to Shari and has two children, Jakob and Carly, both of whom are graduates of The Village School.
Diana Kaniuga began her professional career at the prestigious art auction house Phillips, Son, and Neale in Manhattan, shortly after receiving her B.A. in Art History from Dickinson College in 1996. After four years, Diana decided to transition to a career in advertising where she managed client services and strategic planning for some of the first billion dollar brands in the pharmaceutical industry. Her client roster included products from Pfizer, Wyeth, Janssen and UCB. After more than a decade in the industry she and her husband started a family and moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey. She is currently a managing member of her family’s foundation, and president of Uddo Holdings, LLC an investment partnership. Today, Diana enjoys volunteering and fundraising at The Village School where both of her children currently attend, and staying active with tennis, rock climbing, reading, and cooking. She also volunteers in many of her surrounding New Jersey communities.
Christopher J. Leonard, LCSW, M.Ed. is the Director of Operations at Sage Day Schools and is on the Executive Board of New Alliance Academy. Mr. Leonard served as Principal of Sage Day’s Rochelle Park campus from 1998-2011. His passions include building school communities and problem-based learning. A 1983 cum laude graduate of Boston University, Mr. Leonard taught in Central Harlem and two Bergen County school districts before earning his MSW from New York University in 1993. As a social worker, Mr. Leonard has worked extensively with children, adolescents and families at the Division of Family Guidance, at Alternatives to Domestic Violence, as a member of the Ho-Ho-Kus Child Study Team and in private practice which he has maintained since 1995. In 1998, Mr. Leonard earned his certification in Group Psychotherapy from the New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis. He followed this in 2002 with his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from William Paterson University.
Mr. Leonard is married with two daughters and enjoys distance running, mountain and road biking, hiking, and the outdoors.
Mary Lynch (interim Chair) is the parent of a Village School lifer, John Kubinak, who attended from 1997 to 2008. Mary received a BA from Rutgers College and an MBA from Seton Hall University. She has worked in Software sales for 25 years and is currently employed by Oracle Corporation. In her spare time, she loves to travel, exercise and work with charities. She is privileged to be a part of the Board and The Village School Community.
Michael O’Brien founded Deerhill Pond Investment Partners, LP in 2007, dedicated to investing in the financial service industry. Mr. O’Brien worked 22 years for Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW). He was Portfolio Manager for two funds, served as President of KBW Asset Management, and as a member of the Board of Directors and Operating Committee for KBW. He ran KBW’s London office and advised portfolio managers overseas and in NY and PA. Mr. O’Brien served as a Managing Director for Data Resources, Inc. (DRI), an economic consulting firm.
Mr. O’Brien graduated with an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from Trinity College. Mr. O’Brien is married to Julie and they have five children and two grandchildren. Mr. O’Brien has been an active member of the Church of Presentation and leads a ministry dedicated to helping the inner-city Catholic schools thrive. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (SFIC) for three years. Mr. O’Brien enjoys swimming, body surfing, biking, quiet reading, writing and reflection time, his 6 AM weekly men’s group at church, the Bergen County Society (BCS) men’s group where he serves on the Board, coaching his children’s sports teams, sponsoring inner-city children’s education, and serving as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts. Mr. O’Brien is a survivor of the bombings in the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001. He has one son in his 11th year at the Village School and two older boys who attended. He was Co-chair of the last Capital Campaign.
Ann Marie Snyder is the parent of two current Village School students. Both children began their education in the Toddler Program and are now Upper Elementary students. Ann Marie attended Ridgewood Public Schools K-12 and graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Sociology. She worked in the field of Marketing Research for consumer goods and services in New York City before returning to Ridgewood to start her family. Ann Marie has been an active member of The Village School community serving as room parent, vice-president and president of the Parent Association, Development Committee member, and co-chair of the “Building for Our Children” Capital Campaign. Outside of the Village School, Ann Marie has been an active member of the Ridgewood Fourth of July Committee, was named Ridgewood’s Volunteer of the year in 2008, and is a member of both the Ridgewood C.E.R.T. (Certified Emergency Response Team) and the Bergen County C.A.R.T (Community Animal Rescue Team). Ann Marie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, supporting her daughter’s extensive efforts in horse showing and her son’s interest in computer coding and intricate Lego construction projects.